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Treatment for Hemochromatosis

Who Treats This Disease?

Hemochromatosis is usually treated by a specialist in liver disorders (called a hepatologist), digestive disorders (a gastroenterologist), or blood disorders (a hematologist). Because of the other problems often associated with this condition, several other specialists may be on the treatment team, such as:
 
  • Endocrinologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Rheumatologist.
 
Internists or family practitioners can also treat the disease.
 

Final Thoughts

The earlier a hemochromatosis diagnosis is made and treated, the better. If treatment begins before any organs are damaged, associated conditions -- such as liver disease, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes -- can be prevented.
 
If these or other conditions have developed, hemochromatosis treatment cannot cure these conditions, but it will help relieve the symptoms of most of them. The main exception is arthritis, which does not improve even after excess iron is removed.
 
People who have complications of hemochromatosis may want to consider getting treatment from specialized centers, which are located throughout the country.
 

Hemochromatosis Disease

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